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Key APEC team member named HPD Officer of the Year

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 11:06 a.m. HST, May 16, 2012


A key member of the team that planned the Honolulu Police Department's large-scale security activities at last November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation was named HPD's 2012 Officer of the Year at a ceremony held at Waialae Country Club today.

Sgt. Ben Moszkowicz, 35, was tasked with coming up with the logistical plan for coordinating the APEC training of 2,000 officers and civilian personnel. Among this duties was managing overtime expenses and ordering equipment. 

A 12-year veteran of HPD, Moszkowicz also created data bases for tracking and forecasting operating budgets, overtime and training schedules. HPD spent $13 million over two years on APEC activities, far less than the $18 million that had been budgeted.

Now assigned to the Traffic Division, Moszkowicz is also statewide director of the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which raised $500,000 last year.

Assistant Chief Clayton Kau, APEC group supervisor, said Moszkowicz was instrumental in developing a system of time sheets to coordinate work shifts for personnel taking into consideration regular duties and overtime necessary to cover the international event attended by more than world leaders and their entourages.

Others honored today by Police Chief Louis Kealoha and Mayor Peter Carlisle were:

-- Reserve Officer Joseph Becera, Reserve Office of the year. An HPD volunteer for 35 years, who is assigned to the Kalihi Crime Reduction Unit.

-- Sgt. Michael Cannella, Police Parent of the Year. A 27-year HPD veteran assigned to Leeward patrol, Cannella and his wife have three children, two of whom have special needs. The couple is instrumental with Easter Seals Hawaii and Sprouts Therapy.

-- Marilyn Matsuda, Civilian Employee of the Year. Matsuda has been secretary for HPD's Specialized Services Division the last eight years.

-- Alice Kanae Hewett, Citizenship Award. Hewett has volunteered with HPD's Police Activities League for more than 50 years.

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